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Richard Johnson (jockey)

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Richard Johnson on Noble Request at the 2006 Fighting Fifth Hurdle

Richard Johnson (born 21 July 1977 in Hereford) is an English National Hunt jockey.



Johnson comes from a racing family with his father being an amateur jockey and his mother, Sue Johnson, a successful trainer.

Jockey career

Richard became Champion Conditional Jockey in 1995, at the age of 18.

He has had great success at the Cheltenham Festival. His first win at Cheltenham was on Anzum in the 1999 Stayers' Hurdle. He won the 2000 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup with Looks Like Trouble and the 2002 Queen Mother Champion Chase with Flagship Uberalles. Richard was also victorious in the 2003 Smurfit Kappa Group Champion Hurdle with the Philip Hobbs-trained Rooster Booster on which he also came 2nd in 2004. He is one of only two jockeys riding today, the other being Barry Geraghty, to have won all four of those championship races at Cheltenham.

A major influence on Richard’s racing career was "The Duke" – David Nicholson who supported him in his bid to become a professional jockey.[1]

In 2003, Richard became the eighth National Hunt jockey to ride 1,000 winners in Britain on Quedex at Stratford. He recorded his 2,000th career winner aboard Fighting Chance at Newbury on 16 December 2009.[2]

Personal life

For five years Richard lived with the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, a relationship that created a great deal of media interest. The couple split in 2003 and Richard is now happily married to Fiona daughter of trainer Noel Chance.


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